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Subframe rust repair ?

Hello All , anyone find their 159 subframe ( rear or front ) suffering rust .. ?
Anyone know good place to get repaired ?

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Hello All , anyone find their 159 subframe ( rear or front ) suffering rust .. ?
Anyone know good place to get repaired ?
Pm Cathal, he had this problem. Uk car?
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It's not just UK import cars that it's an issue on unfortunately, it's also an issue on some of the Irish cars.

Some owners are sourcing spare subframes & treating/repairing them in advance then swapping them over themselves or getting a garage to do it. This thread in the 159 Tech Lounge is worth a look if you are interested https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...sub-frame.html There's a good few others if you do a search.

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Didn't any of this come under the anti-corrosion warranty or was this just body work related ??
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I phoned FIat \ Alfa R today > to enquire re warranty ... seems you need to take it to dealership first so they can inspect it .. ( at a cost) then they decide if warranty or not "depending on how bad it is"
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Sounds like it's worth a try, good luck, there have been some successful claims.
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looked at some of the photos <159 rusty sub frame>forum shocking???
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Ouch! rusty frames.... Yes I've repaired the frames on both our 159s. It's pointless buying a new one for €1000 as the paint from the facotry is rubbish...

I took mine and had them sand basted and 'touched up' a few bad welds... Cleaned, coated with 3 coats of Galvafroid:

Zinc Rich Galvanising Coating - Galvafroid - ParkerTools

Then spray painted silver for the 'bling bling'..

Here is what I had before:

http://italiancarclubireland.com/wp-...318_140311.jpg
http://italiancarclubireland.com/wp-...318_140341.jpg

After sand blasting:
http://italiancarclubireland.com/wp-...326_120719.jpg


Galvafroid drying in garage:
http://italiancarclubireland.com/wp-...prepped_01.jpg

And finally the treated frame going back on car:
http://italiancarclubireland.com/wp-...430_113418.jpg



Costs....

Well the sandblasting is around the €150 mark.
Galvafroid was €60 for tin which with do 1.5 frames.. yes one and a half!
New Radiator support brackets were I think €80-ish (they will be rotten as well)

then you have mechanic labour on top.. steering frame and suspension needs to come out.. I would consider this job as part of a complete front suspension upgrade/replacement.

I've one spare treated frame if you're stuck? can post up detailed photos if you wish?

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